News: Town Update Nov 15

Posted on 25th November 2015

Dear Team Member


Thank you to those who supported and got into the spirit of this year’s Christmas Celebrations & Lights Switch On last Saturday.  The town centre was busy throughout the whole day with large numbers of families enjoying the activities.  Plus Church Walk was packed with people watching the lights switch on at 5pm.

Feedback from retailers has been very positive.  Market Place Shopping Centre reported their footfall was up by 29% compared to the previous Saturday.  The Martlets Shopping Centre reported their footfall was up by 47% compared to the previous Saturday.

SERV (Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers) were in the Market Place on the day and raised £602.24 on the day.  The charity provides urgent transport service at night for blood and infant milk in the Sussex region and the monies will  pay fuel for the Burgess Hill based bike for 6 months.

Also at the Market Place were Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land who raised £157.11 and St Catherine’s Hospice who raised £201.26 on the day.

Your feedback about the day and how it can be improved for next year would be appreciated.


Mid Sussex Brass Band will be performing on the Bandstand this Saturday 28th November (times to be confirmed).

They will also be at St Andrew’s Church, Junction Road, Burgess Hill on Thursday 17th December, 7.30pm for their Christmas Music & Cake event.  FREE admission (retiring collection) 


This Saturday 28th November, Young Enterprise will be exhibiting their businesses through-out the day on Saturday in the centre. Come and have a look at what they have to offer this year.

Also on Saturday 28th November Burgess Hill and West Sussex Deaf Children’s Society will be sing signing in the centre from 10am to 1pm.

As of Sunday 6th December 2015, the Indoor Market will be open Sunday 6th December, Sunday 13th December and Sunday 20th December 2015.


Post your Burgess Hill Christmas cards with the Burgess Hill Scouts Groups.  A post box is now available at the Help Point in Church Walk until 11.45am on Saturday 19th December.  Christmas cards can only posted with a RH15 postcode.  The cost is 30p per card.  The Christmas cards will be hand delivered by the Scouts shortly after 19th December, but in time for Christmas, of course.  This is a regular and major fund raising event for the 7th & 8th Burgess Hill Scouts Groups and your support is much appreciated.

Best wishes

Burgess Hill Town Centre Partnership Operational Town Team

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